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Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area

About

USDA Forest Service

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest

Overview

Jumbo Campground is located on the northern slope of Colorado's Grand Mesa, in the Mesa Lakes area, which is home to over 300 lakes. Visitors enjoy the area for its great fishing, canoeing and hiking opportunities.

Recreation

Jumbo and Sunset Lakes are open to non-motorized watercraft, making each a perfect place for canoeing and fishing. Anglers cast for brown, brook and rainbow trout. Numerous additional lakes in the area provide still more fishing and canoeing opportunities, as well as beautiful scenery. The West Bench Trail No. 501 is open to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. This popular path stretches several miles through the surrounding area.

Facilities

Jumbo and Sunset Lakes are open to non-motorized watercraft, making each a perfect place for canoeing and fishing. Anglers cast for brown, brook and rainbow trout. Numerous additional lakes in the area provide still more fishing and canoeing opportunities, as well as beautiful scenery. The West Bench Trail No. 501 is open to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. This popular path stretches several miles through the surrounding area.

Natural Features

The campground is situated between Jumbo and Sunset Lakes along the Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway, at an elevation of 9,800 feet. A forest of mature spruce and aspen trees covers the area. Most sites have views of the lakes. A variety of wildlife, including deer and elk, frequents the area.

Nearby Attractions

The Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway offers 63 miles of scenic driving as it climbs from the rugged canyon floor, up to the forested mesa tops at 11,000 feet. The road passes sparkling lakes and meadows bursting with wildflowers. Many trailheads can be found along the byway. Grand Mesa Visitor Center is a short drive from the campground, at Island Lake. The center offers interpretive exhibits, a bookstore and a high-altitude wildflower garden containing over 50 native species. The town of Cedaredge is 26 miles from the campground. It is home to Pioneer Town, a 19th Century village with frontier museums and more than 20 structures. A historic schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, saloon and jail can be seen in the town. Cedaredge's "Applefest" festival is held annually in October.

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Location

Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area is located in Colorado

Detail location of campground

Directions

From Mesa, Colo., travel south on State Route 65 for about 13 miles to the campground sign. Turn right into the campground.

Address

251 US Hwy 65
Mesa, CO 81643

Coordinates

39.0530556 N
108.0936111 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

Stay Connected

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets

For Vehicles

  • Big Rig Friendly

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8 Reviews

Eric S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2024

Grand Mesa Gem

Wonderful campground w roughly 20 campsites. They’re positioned a little close together for my liking but, the immediate access to two beautiful lakes, endless hiking and mountain biking trails more than made up for the close proximity to other campers. I would give this place a 5 star rating if it was not for the horrible smelling bathrooms. They were clean but the ammonia odor was too heavy to even use. We saw bald eagles, caught tons of rainbow trout, and even had a medium size bear come through a couple of times, who was never threatening, but looked like it was traveling along a set path to the next trout breakfast.

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Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Eric S., July 18, 2024
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Eric S., July 18, 2024
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Eric S., July 18, 2024
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L
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2021

Breathtaking

I love the campground

  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Lindsey S., February 8, 2021
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Lindsey S., February 8, 2021
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Lindsey S., February 8, 2021
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Cindy P.
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2020

Great Campground

Near multiple fishing lakes, hiking trails and just down the road from a national recreation trail.  Quiet and very clean.  Love the walk up tent sites up on the hill.  Gives opportunity to site on the hillside for breakfast while watching the fishing in the lake in front of the campground.  Great place for a weekend getaway

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Cindy P., October 27, 2020
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Cindy P., October 27, 2020
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Cindy P., October 27, 2020
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2020

RV Camping on North Side of Grand Mesa

This is a beautiful small hosted Forest Service campground just off Colorado Hwy 65 (Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway) in the Grand Mesa National Forest https://bit.ly/3iywM8z. A few electric sites are available, no sewer or water hookups, no groceries or gas nearby - town of Mesa approx 15 mi north. Near multiple lakes with day-use fishing and hand powered boating (permit included with camping). Also, nearby ATV and OHV trails (no ATV/OHV from campsites).

  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Jim H., September 15, 2020
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Jim H., September 15, 2020
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Jim H., September 15, 2020
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Greg L.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2020

Great campground!

Very nice modern cg. Paved rds, gravel level pads, nice sites. 26 total sites, only 7 first come, but after Sept 13 all sites are first come till cg closes. Camp hosts on site and well maintained and clean. most sites have electric $30/$19 senior, 22$/$11 for single non-electric sites.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Greg L., September 6, 2020
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Greg L., September 6, 2020
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Greg L., September 6, 2020
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Jennifer C.
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2018

Lots of trees, lakes and fishing

This campground has lots of very large pine trees with plenty of aspen thrown in for good measure. The campsites are large and feel private. During our visit the camp hosts were very nice and helpful. The campground sells firewood at $7/bundle, and they were actually pretty large bundles. Jumbo is set at at the park for Mesa Lakes. There are multiple little lakes, walking paths and hiking trails. This is also one of my favorite places to snowshoe in the winter. A nice and short hike will take you to Lost Lake that is generally secluded and a nice place for quiet nature reflection.

Down the road from the cg is a lodge where you can buy ice but know it is expensive and very “light” 10 lb bags. At the same lodge you can treat yourself to ice cream or basic restaurant foods with a full bar and a gorgeous view of one of the many lakes on the Mesa. Further down the road is the Grand Mesa visitor center staffed with rangers and information about the Mesa, fishing, hiking and natural resources. This area of Colorado also has many wineries and cideries, so if you are here for a few days try to stop by a few and take home some local beverages.

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Jennifer C., August 27, 2018
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Jennifer C., August 27, 2018
  • Review photo of Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area by Jennifer C., August 27, 2018
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M
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2018

So beautiful and tranquil

The Grand Mesa is beautiful. Good separation between campspot. Lots of big RVs but lots of trees to make each spot feel cozy. Great fishing at the lakes.

Month of VisitSeptember
Dee D.
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2017

Unmatched beauty

This area of CO is unmatched in beauty and tranquility. Excellent wildlife viewing and challenging trails. Cold nights though!

Month of VisitJuly

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the max vehicle length at Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area?

Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area allows vehicles up to 45 feet.

Does Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Jumbo Campground — Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area does not have wifi.

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According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is good.

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